Anyway, the gist of it is this.
- Plastic doesn't biodegrade.
- Much of our plastic waste ends up in the oceans.
- It's out there floating around and breaking up into smaller and smaller pieces.
- Animals are dying because they ingest pieces or become stuck in items.
- In some places, plastic outnumbers plankton. Plankton people!
- Fish ingest plastic.
- We eat fish.
- We eat plastic.
- We eat plastic. (it's so astounding it's worth repeating)
link if you can't see video: http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/470
What to do?
Easy. Stop buying plastic.
The plastic problem goes much, much further than the sea debris, its production is an enormous issue, but I wanted to point out the ocean waste here.
As a parent, plastic toys have been the bain of my life. It's not easy, but it's doable, to have other parents understand that you don't want plastic for your child.
If you can't stop buying it completely, minimise it. Become conscious of every piece you purchase.
In fact, it's probably impossible to not buy any. It's in everything! Especially packaging. How many of those tiny plastic tags have you removed from new clothes?.....
But many items are under our total choice - toys, drink bottles and shopping bags to name just a few. If you are given the right and freedom of choice, use it.